Transmission Service & Clutch Replacement

Transmission Service & Clutch Replacement

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Why We Put Extra Emphasis on Taking Care of Your Transmission and Clutch

At our family-owned Middlekauff Ford Lincoln dealership in Twin Falls, ID, some of us have had automobiles in our blood for a long time. That's why we're so passionate about taking good care of any vehicle you buy from us. After all, we know regular maintenance can make your Ford or Lincoln model last longer, perform better and give you and your family far greater satisfaction. That's one reason we may sometimes do a little "preaching" about the importance of properly servicing your automatic transmission and replacing your clutch if it's ever needed.

By serving our wonderful Ford and Lincoln customers for all these years, we've learned some valuable things about the value of maintaining great vehicles like the Ford F-150 pickup, the Ford Explorer SUV and the Lincoln Aviator SUV. One lesson we've learned is the value of regular maintenance, especially for major components. Two of the most important are the transmission and the clutch, so here are some suggestions about both.

Let's Define What Transmission Service Really Is

There may be some debate on details, but the primary objective of a transmission service is simply to flush out the old transmission fluid and replace it with new. But we believe that's not always enough. A complete transmission service can also include examining the sump pump or pan, replacing or cleaning the filter, cleaning the pan and installing it with a new pan gasket. Whether you live in Jerome or Burley ID, our seasoned technicians can give you more details.

Should You Use a Certain Kind of Transmission Fluid?

We can take care of that for you, of course, but here's some context. As you probably know, transmission fluid lubricates the moving parts inside your car's transmission. While automatic transmissions use automatic transmission fluid, manual transmissions can use a variety of fluids including motor oil, hypoid gear oil and even automatic transmission fluid. The best course is to let the experienced service professionals at Middlekauff Ford provide the right fluids for your Ford or Lincoln model, or whatever you drive.

Isn't Transmission Service Something You Don't Have to Do Very Often?

In general, that's true, but it does need to be done. More heat is generated in an automatic transmission, so that fluid can more easily break down. In addition, the fluid can get contaminated over time with tiny, worn transmission parts. If those parts aren't flushed out, they can shorten the life of your transmission. For most automatic transmissions, service is usually done anywhere from 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Our service technicians can tell you what's best for your vehicle.

How Long Should a Clutch Last?

If you have a manual transmission, our service professionals will tell you a clutch is designed to last at least 50,000 miles, but it can vary based on how well you take care of your car. If you do a lot of city driving, you may find your clutch wears out faster because of the frequent shifting between lower gears. One of the simplest forms of clutch maintenance we can do for you is to bleed air out of the fluid, which should eliminate mushy pedal feel and improve overall performance.

Signs That Your Clutch Needs to Be Replaced

If you have a manual transmission, look for a vibrating or loose clutch pedal, or a pedal that's spongy or sticky when pressed. You might hear a grumbling or squeaking noise and have trouble shifting gears. If you can rev the engine but your acceleration is weak, or if you have a momentary loss of acceleration from a slipping clutch, it might be time for a replacement. Our technicians can test drive your car to find out and that's worth the short drive from Rupert or Buhl ID.

To Find Out More, Talk to the Service Experts at Middlekauff Ford Lincoln

The best policy is always to consult with the professionals in our Service Center at Middlekauff Ford Lincoln in Twin Falls, ID. Our service team will make sure your Ford or Lincoln model gets the factory-recommended service and parts you need. If you're in the market for another car, check out our great selection of new and used models. Meanwhile, talk to us soon to learn more about our service recommendations and contact us to schedule an appointment. At Middlekauff Ford Lincoln, we'll help you make sure your car, truck or SUV keeps serving you reliably for many miles to come.

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